Happy 50 to SCBWI

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators turns 50 this year. So their virtual national conference on July 29 to August 2 will feature 50+ speakers on 50+ topics. If you’re writing, illustrating, or publishing for children, check out the programming at their website: scbwi.org/events/summer-conference-2021.

The organization has regional chapters in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Check their website for the chapter closest to you.

This weekend, the Western Washington chapter of SCBWI will host a virtual exhibition booth at Seattle Pride on June 26 and 27. “Our goal is to offer a warm welcome to LGBTQAI+ kidlit creators and show LGBTQAI+ folx how SCBWI can assist writers and illustrators in building their careers. Next year, we hope to be at Seattle Pride in person!” wrote Regional Advisor Holly Huckeba in the group’s recent newsletter. “And, of course, during the non-June months, we strive to embody equity and inclusion in our practices as well. As an LGBTQAI+ person myself, and as Regional Advisor for our Western Washington region, I wish to extend an elbow bump of PRIDE to you all.”

The Western Washington chapter is currently accepting applicants for their mentorship program, now through July 30. To learn more about the mentorship program and other offerings from this chapter, go to: wwa.scbwi.org.